Herbs and spices are common contents of virtually every kitchen because of their unparalleled influence on the tatse, aroma and life shelf of foods with which they are prepared. It is however interesting to know that herbs are not only beneficial for culinary purposes, they are also very important for health purposes.
You'd be surprised to know that the Rosemary you've had in your kitchen for months without much use could actually supply your body with sufficient antioxidants and antibacterial protection than most fruits and vegetables would. You'd also be overwhelmed at the fact that the tumeric you love adding to your meals for its attractive coloring can also help your body fight cancer to a very large extent.
While many of these herbs were first used by mankind for their medicinal potencies, others were first used in cooking before their health benefits were subsequently discovered. Here's a list of some benefits of herbs on your overall well being.
Anti-inflammatory and Pain Relief
Herbs are packed with loads of substances that possess anti-inflammatory properties. Herbs such as tumeric (which contains curminin), echinacea, devil's claw, and bioperine could help in the production of enzymes that inhibit the production and activities of inflammation-inducing enzymes such as 5-lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase-2 in the body.
Herbs are also very important in alleviating certain hormonal problems and maintaining hormonal balance in the body. Black Cohosh, for example, is known to be very effective relieving menopausal issues such as hot flashes, insomnia, and loss of bone tissues. In place of substitution therapy, black Cohosh can be used to aid women in dealing with fibroid and PCOS. While Maca root is highly effective in boosting fertility by inducing the production of oestrogen and testosterone, the thyroid hormones can be balanced with adaptogenic herbs like Ashwagandha.
Natural herbs like Ashwagandha and ginger roots have been known to possess Cancer-Fighting properties and have been studied to be highly effective in alleviating cancer symptoms. The consumption of these herbs have been known to reduce the growth of tumors and cancer cells in the body by inhibiting the development of new blood vessels.
Stress and Anxiety Management
Stress is usually the major factor in various health challenges confronting mankind today and most pharmaceutical solutions for stress management do not come without adverse effects. However, some herbs are highly effective for stress control without causing adverse effects. These herbs are usually organic and include Rhodiola, passion flower, and lemon balm.
When the immune system is in good shape, there would hardly be a need to regularly treat various ailments - especially communicable diseases. A lot of herbs that can be obtained in their natural or dried forms are highly effective in improving one’s immunity to different health challenges. Various chemicals in herbs like ginger root and Boswellia Seratta make them powerful natural immunuty boosters that can be consumed to boost the state of your immune system and keep you healthy.
Diabetes patients can save a great deal of money by opting for herbs like ginger roots and cardamom to relief their symptoms. These herbs have proven to be significantly more effective than most synthetic drugs prescribed for Types 1 and 2 diabetes.